Rutledge Files Lawsuit Against Indulgences by Body BronzeWed, Feb 28, 2018
Says, ‘despicable business practices will not be tolerated’
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today filed a consumer-protection lawsuit in Pulaski County Circuit Court against Indulgences by Body Bronze and its owners, Molly Verbrugge and Lila Riggs.
Indulgences by Body Bronze continued to sell VIP membership plans, spa service packages and gift certificates during the busy 2017 holiday season, but abruptly closed its doors on January 8 without warning to consumers or employees.
“After receiving about 200 calls from consumers mere days after the business’s closing, I am taking swift and aggressive action against Indulgences by Body Bronze,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Arkansans suffered financial losses because of the deceptive practices of this company – harming consumers who purchased future services and leaving its employees out in the cold without a job. Such despicable business practices will not be tolerated.”
Indulgences by Body Bronze was a day spa in West Little Rock and advertised services including pedicures, massages, facial treatments and laser hair removal. Rutledge is asking the court for restitution for affected consumers, the suspension or forfeiture of franchises, corporate charters, licenses, permits and authorizations to do business in Arkansas, to impose civil penalties and other relief against Indulgences by Body Bronze and Verbrugge and Riggs.
Victims of these business practices should file a consumer complaint on ArkansasAG.gov or call (800) 482-8982.
Rutledge Attends Press Conference with Attorney General SessionsTue, Feb 27, 2018
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today appeared alongside U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and state Attorneys General from across the country to speak about the federal government’s plan to tackle the opioid epidemic and the Prescription Interdiction and Litigation Task Force.
“I am proud to work with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and my colleagues across the country to tackle the tragic and deadly battle against opioids,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “This is a complex epidemic that requires a multifaceted approach including education, treatment and enforcement. My office uses Prescription for Life to educate teens and parents about the dangers of prescription drug misuse. By partnering with local law enforcement on drug take-backs, we remove the dangers of parents and grandparents unknowingly becoming drug dealers for their loved ones.”
Attorney General Rutledge highlighted the extent of the opioid epidemic, noting that the problem knows no bounds and affects individuals of all backgrounds. Arkansas launched a first-in-the-nation Prescription for Life curriculum which teaches students about the dangers of prescription drugs and is available at no cost to participating schools. The Attorney General’s office also pairs with local law enforcement to offer prescription drug take-backs at each mobile office location.
Rutledge was joined by Attorneys General from Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio. A full transcript of the press conference is available here.
Rutledge Announces Arrest of Garland County Man for Crimes Involving ChildrenTue, Feb 27, 2018
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the arrest of Mark White of Hot Springs Village on 30 counts of distributing, possessing or viewing of matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child, a Class C felony.
White, 32, was arrested by the Attorney General’s office Cyber Crimes Unit. He is being held in the Garland County Detention Center on $105,000 bond.
Special agents in the Attorney General’s office seized two laptops, two phones and numerous external hard drives and flash drives from the residence. The case file will be turned over to Garland County Prosecutor Michelle Lawrence when completed.
Rutledge Joins Coalition to Fight Against Unconstitutional ObamacareMon, Feb 26, 2018
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced she has joined a 20-state coalition urging a federal district court in Texas to hold the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, unconstitutional and to prohibit the entire law.
“Obamacare has been an overreaching, unconstitutional burden for all Americans from its inception,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “For too long the federal government has mandated Arkansas’s health care without regard for the medical care Arkansans desire or can afford. It’s time for this act to be rightfully held unconstitutional so that Americans can again be free to select the health coverage best suited to their needs.”
The complaint explains that Obamacare forces an unconstitutional and irrational regime onto the states and their citizens. In NFIB v. Sebelius, the U.S. Supreme Court narrowly upheld the individual mandate, the core provision of Obamacare, as a “tax.” However, Congress has recently repealed this tax, while leaving the mandate in place. Since the Supreme Court has already held that Congress has no authority to impose such a mandate on Americans, absent invoking its taxing authority, the Obamacare mandate is now unconstitutional. Because the unconstitutional mandate is an integral part of Obamacare, the entire law must be struck down.
Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed the coalition’s brief in a federal district court in Texas. In addition to Arkansas, other states participating are Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah and West Virginia.
About Attorney General Leslie Rutledge
Leslie Carol Rutledge is the 56th Attorney General of Arkansas. She is the first woman and first Republican in Arkansas history to be elected to the office. Since taking office, she has begun a Mobile Office program, a Military and Veterans Initiative, a Metal Theft Prevention program and a Cooperative Disability Investigations program. She has led efforts to teach internet safety, combat domestic violence and make the office the top law firm for Arkansans. Rutledge serves as Chairwoman of the Republican Attorneys General Association and Vice Chairwoman of the National Association of Attorneys General Southern Region. She also re-established and co-chairs the National Association of Attorneys General Committee on Agriculture.
A native of Batesville, she is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. Rutledge clerked for the Arkansas Court of Appeals, was Deputy Counsel for Gov. Mike Huckabee, served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Lonoke County and subsequently was an Attorney at the Department of Human Services before serving as Counsel at the Republican National Committee. Rutledge and her husband, Boyce, have a home in Pulaski County and a farm in Crittenden County.
ICYMI: Rutledge Appears on TBN’s HuckabeeMon, Feb 26, 2018
Over the weekend, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge appeared on Governor Mike Huckabee’s show, Huckabee. General Rutledge gave her take on the role state Attorneys General play in the battle against federal overreach and overregulation and discussed ways to improve school safety in light of the Florida tragedy. The spot aired on Saturday, February 24 and again on Sunday, February 25 at 8/7c on TBN. The full interview can be viewed by clicking here.
Rutledge Delivers Remarks on Danger of Sanctuary CitiesSun, Feb 25, 2018
Says, ‘This is a fight for our freedoms by defending the rule of law’
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge delivered remarks at last week’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). The speech, which followed remarks from President Donald J. Trump, addressed the dangers of sanctuary cities and the importance of upholding the rule of law.
“American patriots have not laid down their lives on foreign soil only to have family and friends be harmed by policies of public officials,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “This is a fight for our freedoms by defending the rule of law.”
The entire speech can be viewed here.
Attorney General Rutledge also appeared on Fox News to provide additional commentary on the day’s news topics, including immigration and school security. The America’s News Room interview is available here.